How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac

May 14, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac

Do you use Safari to browse the web regularly on your Mac? If so, you’ll be excited to know that you can customize Safari’s toolbar just the way you want by adding or removing certain items from it.

Safari is the default web browser on macOS devices and it’s widely used by Mac users, over Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc. By default, Safari features buttons to go back/forward, view sidebar, share, tab overview, and of course the address and search bar. However, this can be completely changed according to the features you mostly use. For example, you can add a bookmarks option to the toolbar. Or perhaps, a print option if you often print pages from the web.

If you’re interested in changing the Safari Toolbar to better suit your web browsing, read on to learn how to customize it on the Mac.

How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac

Changing your Safari toolbar functionality is a lot easier than you may think. Just follow the steps below to interchange the items that show up in the toolbar.

  1. Open “Safari” on the Mac.

    How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac
  2. Now, click on “View” in the menu bar and choose “Customize Toolbar” from the dropdown menu.

    How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac
  3. This will open a new pop-up in Safari. Here, you’ll be shown all the various items that can be added to the toolbar. You can drag any of the tools that are displayed here to the browser window. Or, if you want to reset the toolbar to its initial state, you can drag and drop the default set into the toolbar.

    How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac
  4. You can drop these items/buttons anywhere in the toolbar, as shown below.

    How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac
  5. Once you’re done making the preferred changes, click on “Done” in the pop-up menu to confirm the changes.

    How to Customize Safari Toolbar on Mac

There you have it, you have customized the Safari toolbar on your Mac.

Apart from adding items to the Safari toolbar, you can also customize your browser window with Favorites bar, Tab bar, and Status bar. To add them, simply click on “View” in the menu bar and choose to show these bars from the dropdown menu.

Another handy trick for many users, particularly advanced web users, is to make Safari show the full URL of website addresses, so that you can see the complete link of any site you’re browsing.

You can also customize the Safari Start Page if you’d like to.

Furthermore, you can take advantage of various keyboard shortcuts to quickly show or hide bookmarks, reading lists, and status bars in Safari too. If you aren’t familiar with Safari’s keyboard shortcuts, you can see some handy ones here, and you’ll also be able to find them in the dropdown menu of various options in the menu bar.

It’s worth mentioning that the ability to customize the toolbar has been in Safari for a very long time, so it does not matter which version of macOS (or Mac OS X) you’re using, the feature will be there. Some particular features are specific to newer Mac OS versions however, like the privacy report.

Did you customize the toolbar in Safari for Mac? Or do you think it’s perfect as it is by default? Share your thoughts, opinions, tips, advice, or whatever else is relevant and on your mind in the comments.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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